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Commercial Furniture Testing Standards

Our commercial furniture is put through strict testing before, during, and after manufacturing. The materials used along with the integrity of the construction are important factors that we take very seriously, and the end result is shown clearly in our products. Below are some of the tests that make our commercial furniture among the strongest in the industry.

These tests relate to the different materials we use on our furniture. The first is called the Stretch Test. True high quality all-weather wicker should be able to stretch at least 7 times it’s original length. This ensures that the strands of all weather wicker will maintain over time and minimizes the chance of snapping after repeated use.

The Flex Test is another checkpoint that ensures the wicker will stand up to the test of time. A strand of all weather wicker is secured into the machine, and swung back and forth. The strand must last 35,000 swings to pass the test, though most times the machine doesn’t stop until it reaches 100,000.

The Stress Test expedites the process of a chair receiving constant use over time. People sit down and get up at all angles, and this machine is designed to mimic that use. The chair frame and seat must remain within 2.5% of its original form after 10,000 reps are complete.

The Vertical Impact Test is one that strictly tests the weight capacity and balance of the seat. During this process, a weighted bag (meant to resemble a person) is repeatedly dropped on the seat on the front, side, and center of each chair. The chair passes the test if it does not tip over forward, backward, or sideways, and if it distributes the weight evenly between all 4 legs when the weight is placed in the center of the seat.

Outdoor furniture manufacturing must consider elements that indoor furniture is able to avoid. Two of the most important elements are UV Rays and Sea Salt. This testing allows our furniture to be placed in direct sunlight and in ocean-type environments without becoming compromised. Many companies pass their furniture off as “outdoor” without putting it through these crucial tests.

The UV Aging test simulates a natural climate of ultraviolet irradiation, rain, high temperature and humidity, and condensation. The materials are exposed to temperatures up to 140 degrees. The process simulates the accelerated lifetime of all weather wicker, and upon completion the strand then must pass the Stretch and Flex Tests described above.

The purpose of the Sea Salt Spray Test is the same as the UV Aging Test. It is meant to expose the all weather wicker to a lifetime of sea salt exposure, where it is then analyzed and compared to its original form before the test. The strand must show no sign of fading, mold, or mildew, and pass the Stretch and Flex Test upon completion.

 

Clients that purchase from us value quality over the cheapest price. There was always something cheaper on the market but finding a product that you can trust to perform the way it should and last a long period of time will do you much better in the long run then something that needs to be replaced every year or every other year.

When you work with us you are doing business with a company that is offering significant value in a high-quality products at the best possible price. Our flexible business model allows us to customize when necessary based on your needs and also offer our stock products with a quickness and delivery service that cannot be matched by anyone else in our industry.

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